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Friday, May 5, 2017

Bronson Arroyo's Arm Reds' Bats Cut Giants Down To Size

The ancient Reds’ starter, Bronson Arroyo, had plenty of help from his friends in carving the Giants up in a 13-3 triumph in the rain.

The game was delayed two hours past Arroyo’s nap time but the veteran pitched 5 1/3 soggy innings before leaving with runners on second and third.  Blake Wood came on in relief.

The Reds jumped on Matt Cain with both feet in the first inning.

Billy Hamilton walked and Zack Cozart singled the speedster to third.  Joey Votto’s sacrifice fly started the scoring.  Eugenio Suarez, Scott Schebler and Jose Peraza singled in succession to score two more.

  “We laid off a lot of tough pitches early and made Cain work," Bryan Price said.. "We had a lot of good at bats. Everyone in the starting lineup was on base twice.”

Young Christian Arroyo, who attended Hernando High School in Brooksville, Florida, hit his third home run of the season off Bronson Arroyo, who also attended Hernando High.  Christian, the Giants first pick in the 2013 draft, was born three days before Bronson was chosen in the third round of the 1995 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 “We went to the same high school 18 years apart.  We had the same coach. A.J. Pierzynski is from there too.  There must be something in the water in that little town," Bronson Arroyo said.

“I went to his house when he was drafted to let him know what to expect," Arroyo said. "You have to find what works for you.  Do you go home and get a pizza or go out in bars?  You have to find out what works for you.  Sometimes you look back and wish you had done something better.”

The Reds were just getting started at the plate.
Hamilton and Cozart walked again.  Hamilton stole second and third.  Cozart stole second while Votto walked.  Suarez drove in two runs with a single. Schebler followed with his second hit but Votto was out at the plate fo end the inning.

Arroyo retired six straight, gave up a single and induced a double play to get the the fifth.

 “It was 100 percent better.  The two left-handers at the top of the order are tough on me. The arm felt normal today. I could have gone back out there.  I threw 95 pitches and felt good.  The rest of my body is catching up. I can do the normal things now.”

The Reds weren’t finished with Cain, who allowed only three runs in his last 23 innings.

Peraza singled again, stole second and scored on Hamilton’s single in the third.  Cain couldn’t survive the fourth despite a base path faux pas by the Reds.  Votto walked and Adam Duvall singled. Suarez hit a line drive over Hunter Pence to the base of the wall.  Votto stopped at third and Duvall was going to third while Suarez chugged to second.  Suarez was tagged out.  Schebler was intentionally walked to load the bases,  Peraza unloaded them with a triple, his third hit off Corey Gearrin.  The Reds added a run in the fifth.

Peraza was 3-for-4 and reached on an error.  He is hitting .385 in his last nine games.

 “I’ve been feeling good since day one. Somtimes things don’t go the way that you want it to,” Peraza said through interpreter Julio Morillo.  “I trust in my hands and the things that I do. Hopefully now the hits start coming.”

He was dropped from the second spot in the batting order to seventh.

The important thing is that I’m in the lineup. It doesn’t matter if I’m second or eighth or fourth,” Peraza said.

Eduardo Nunez and Nick Hundley doubled off Arroyo to score in the fifth.  The Giamts added an unearned marker in the sixth after Arroyo left,when Wood got Connor Gillespie to ground out.

“Bronson was able to pitch into the sixth. They squared him up early but he felt good after 5 1/3. He could have gone back out there.  That’s a good sign," Price said.

A walk to Scotter Gennett, Hamilton’s triple on which he was tempted to try for an inside-the-park home run, followed by a double by Cozart scored two more.

Schebler's RBI single capped the scoring.

Austin Brice made his Reds’ debut in the eighth. He pitched two scoreless innings.

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